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Thursday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-February-2019  13:01:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time for some news catchup. Firstly, I was saddened to hear that the Opportunity Rover has died, or at least, stopped responding, on Mars. Designed to last just 90 Martian days and travel 1,100 yards (1,000 meters), Opportunity vastly surpassed all expectations in its endurance, scientific value and longevity. In addition to exceeding its life expectancy by 60 times, the rover traveled more than 28 miles (45 kilometers) by the time it reached its most appropriate final resting spot on Mars — Perseverance Valley. A bit more info here and discussion in this thread.

2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and NASA have found a heap of new high-quality footage from the Apollo program. It was like a family discovering a forgotten shoebox full of old Super 8 movies of major life events and departed friends—only the family was America, the movies were of theater quality, the event was one of the most important accomplishments in human history, and the departed friend was Neil Armstrong.

Apparently Australian political IT systems have been compromised by a "state-based actor". Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday said the activity was uncovered during the investigation into the security breach that forced parliamentarians and their staff to reset their passwords. “During the course of this work, we also became aware that the networks of some political parties – Liberal, Labor and Nationals – have also been affected,” he said. “Our security agencies have detected this activity and acted decisively to confront it. They are securing these systems and protecting users.”

Samsung have unveiled their Galaxy S10 range, with hands-on reviews on news.com.au and CNBC. However, it may be overshadowed by their other new product, the Galaxy Fold, a phone which opens out to reveal a double-width touchscreen. Samsung is using a new 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display that allows the phone itself to have a tablet-sized screen that can be folded to fit into a pocket. The main display is QXGA+ resolution (4.2:3), and when it’s folded, a smaller 4.6-inch HD+ (12:9) display is used for the phone mode. Samsung is using 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (eUFS) for fast speed, alongside a Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor and 12GB of RAM.

Fake news may be about to become even faker, with an AI text generator called GPT2. Feed it the first few paragraphs of a Guardian story about Brexit, and its output is plausible newspaper prose, replete with “quotes” from Jeremy Corbyn, mentions of the Irish border, and answers from the prime minister’s spokesman.

For a real retro fix, you can play with the world's first web browser. OCAU doesn't look that great through it. :) In February 2019, in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the development of WorldWideWeb, a group of developers and designers convened at CERN to rebuild the original browser within a contemporary browser, allowing users around the world to experience the rather humble origins of this transformative technology.

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-February-2019  11:32:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Still no internet in the AggCave..

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG X299 Creation motherboard on Guru3D.
MSI MPG Z390I Gaming Edge AC Motherboard on FunkyKit.
BIOSTAR B450GT3 (AMD B450) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
EVGA Z390 Dark Motherboard on HWAsylum.
Supermicro C9Z390-CG-IW (Intel Z390) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI MEG X299 CREATION on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Pre-built:
Corsair ONE i160 Compact Gaming PC on TechPowerUp.
Huawei MateBook 13 Review: A High Performance Ultrabook With Caveats on HotHardware.

Video Cards:
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G on LanOC.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G on ThinkComputers.
GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme (11GB GDDR6) on FunkyKit.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q mobile GPU on TechSpot.

Far Cry New Dawn Benchmarked: 1080p, 1440p, 4K All Tested on Tweaktown.
Metro Exodus PC Graphics Benchmark on TechSpot.
Battlefield V DLSS Tested: Overpromised, Underdelivered on TechSpot.
GeForce 418.91 Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.
Metro Exodus Ray Tracing Benchmarked on TechSpot.

Input etc:
Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Strix Flare Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Drevo Durendal Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake Premium Level 20 RGB Cherry MX Speed Silver Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master CM310 and MP750 mouse and pad on OCInside.

Deepcool Gammaxxx L240 AIO on Guru3D.
SilentiumPC Spartan 3 Pro RGB CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Gamer Storm Captain 240 Pro CPU cooler on Vortez.
Arctic Liquid Freezer 240 CPU Watercooler on FrostyTech.
Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM Fan on TechPowerUp.

Thermaltake View 71 TG RGB Full Tower on NikKtech.
DimasTech Easy V3.0 Testbench on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
ROCCAT Renga Boost Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
EasySMX COOL 2000 Gaming Headset on NikKTech.

ASRock Multi-Gigabit Performance: 10GbE/5GbE/2.5G Networking on Tweaktown.
Kensington LD5400T Thunderbolt 3 Dock on Tweaktown.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (10 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-February-2019  11:46:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Switching to NBN has gone as smoothly as expected.. Telstra reckon we'll have internet back on again in 3 days. So, have some reviews from the cafe I'll be camped out at for the next 3 days.

Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine DDR4 Gaming Memory Kit on MadShrimps.
GeIL Super Luce RGB Sync DDR4-3200 16GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
G.Skill TridentZ Royal 4000MHz 32GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
DREVO Tyrfing V2 RGB Backlit Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard on NikKTech.
Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Tesoro Gram MX ONE Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme on TechARP.
Intel Bean Canyon NUC Review: 8th Gen CPU With Iris Plus Graphics on HotHardware.

Resident Evil 2 Remake Review: Fright Night on Tweaktown.
Far Cry New Dawn PC graphics benchmark analysis on Guru3D.
Metro Exodus Benchmark Performance, RTX & DLSS on TechPowerUp.
Metro Exodus Benchmarked: The New 'Can It Run Crysis' on Tweaktown.
Metro Exodus PC Game & Performance Review on BabelTechReviews.
Metro Exodus: PC graphics performance analysis on Guru3D.
NVIDIA DLSS Test in Battlefield V on TechPowerUp.
Battlefield V - DLSS PC performance update on Guru3D.

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVMe Linux SSD Benchmarks on Phoronix.
Samsung Pro Endurance 128GB microSD on Tweaktown.
iStorage Disk Ashur Pro2 on Vortez.
Kingston DataTraveler Bolt Duo on ThinkComputers.
WD Black SN750 NVME SSD (1TB) on Guru3D.

Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-February-2019  14:50:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and timb0t this week! For something different, here's info about an urban legend arcade game I hadn't heard of until today. The original game allegedly was part of a government-run psychology experiment based in Portland, Oregon. Gameplay supposedly produced intense psychoactive and addictive effects in the player. These few publicly staged arcade machines were said to have been visited periodically by men in black for the purpose of data-mining the machines and analyzing these effects. Eventually, all of these Polybius arcade machines allegedly disappeared from the arcade market.

Bumper crop of Misc Pics this week - the second-last one might be (but isn't) NSFW. Enjoy!

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 13-February-2019  13:16:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate (Intel Z390) on Tweaktown.
SuperMicro C9Z390-PGW Z390 LGA1151 on MadShrimps.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X CPUs on Anandtech.

Video Cards:
Revisiting the AMD Radeon VII at 1440p on TechReport.
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus 6G OC on ThinkComputers.
ASRock Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX 590 8G OC on OCInside.
AMD Radeon VII Mega Benchmark on TechSpot.

iStorage diskAshur PRO2 5TB USB 3.1 PIN Authenticated Portable HDD on NikKTech.
WD Black NVMe SSD (2018) 500 GB on TechPowerUp.
OWC Drive Dock USB-C on Tweaktown.
Team Group Delta S TUF RGB SSD on Guru3D.
Seagate Barracuda Pro vs WD Black HDD performance review on BenchSpotter.
Samsung 883 DCT SATA SSD on StorageReview.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Huawei Mate 20 Review: Camera Chops And Great Battery Life smartphone on HotHardware.
Dell XPS 13 9380 + Intel Core i7 8565U Ubuntu Linux Performance on Phoronix.
The Corsair One i140 is a nearly perfect SFF PC, but that price on TechReport.
PC Specialist Magma RTX Gaming PC on HWHeaven.

FSP CMT340 case on ThinkComputers.
Mellanox ConnectX-5 VPI 100GbE and EDR InfiniBand network cards on ServeTheHome.
Tt eSPORTS Talon Elite Gaming Gear Combo mouse and mousepad on TechPowerUp.
Seasonic FOCUS SGX-650 650W SFX-L PSU on HardOCP.

Wednesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 13-February-2019  11:13:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ExtremeTech are of the opinion that the recent AMD and NVIDIA product launches are the least-appealing GPU upgrades in history. It’s not surprising that GPU generations last longer now, given the complexity of modern GPUs. What is surprising is that both companies have comparatively so little to show for their respective efforts. Nvidia had more than two years between Pascal and Turing, while AMD took its second shot at Vega on 7nm at TSMC.

Backblaze have published their hard drive stats for 2018. As of December 31, 2018, we had 106,919 spinning hard drives. Of that number, there were 1,965 boot drives and 104,954 data drives. This review looks at the hard drive failure rates for the data drive models in operation in our data centers. In addition, we’ll take a look at the new hard drive models we’ve added in 2018 including our 12 TB HGST and 14 TB Toshiba drives.

Anandtech have an interesting article comparing two 1TB NVME SSDs that use the same controller and VRAM. Last year we reviewed an engineering sample of the SM2262EN platform with an early firmware version. Today we're looking at two final retail products based on the same controller. The ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro and HP EX950 are direct replacements for two of the most successful NVMe SSDs from last year (the SX8200 and EX920, which used the older SM2262 controller). Together, those two drives have dominated the consumer NVMe market for almost a year with the best combination of high performance and reasonable prices.

Tokyo will be making the Olympic medals out of recycled gadgets. That figure includes more than five million disused phones that were handed in at NTT Docomo stores. Collection stations were also placed in post offices and other public buildings. The committee’s target of 2,700kg of bronze was met last June, while 93.7 percent of the 30.3kg gold target and 85.4 percent of the 4,100kg silver target had been extracted by October.

John Haynes passed away recently. That name might not be familiar to you, but if you've ever owned a Haynes manual for a car or similar, you have John Haynes to thank for it. So it's not exactly OCAU-related, but I think he very probably shared our enthusiast hacker mentality. John Haynes, the entrepreneur and creator of the Haynes Manual, founder of the Haynes Publishing Group PLC and the Haynes International Motor Museum passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on the evening of Friday February 8, aged 80, after a short illness. John was a kind, generous, loving and devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather, who will be missed enormously.

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 11-February-2019  13:33:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Testing AMD Radeon VII Double-Precision Scientific And Financial Performance on TechGage.
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G on OCClub.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro on FunkyKit.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition on Vortez.
AMD Radeon VII Review: Rushed to Launch on GamersNexus.
AMD Radeon VII Anti-Aliasing & 5K, 8K Benchmarks vs. RTX 2080 on GamersNexus.
AMD Radeon VII on Anandtech.
AMD Radeon VII 16GB on TomsHardware.
AMD Radeon VII on PCPerspective.
AMD Radeon VII 16GB on KitGuru.
AMD Radeon VII on OC3D.
Radeon VII on PCWorld.
AMD Radeon VII on Hexus.

Patriot Scorch 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
HP EX950 2TB SSD nVME drive on Tweaktown.
Crucial P1 NVMe M.2 SSD on Modders-Inc.
Drobo 8D Thunderbolt 3 Storage on Tweaktown.
ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Samsung 883 DCT SATA SSD on StorageReview.

Input Etc:
CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 SE Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MK850 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
SteelSeries Rival 650 mouse on TechPowerUp.

10Gtek X550-T1 10G Ethernet Converged Network Adapter on NikKTech.
IOGEAR 4K Ultra Long-Range Wireless Extender on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme laptop on TechARP.
Corsair One i160 Gaming PC on TheVerge.
Apple iPhone XR smartphone on Anandtech.

T-Force Delta TUF Gaming RGB DDR4 3200 MHz Memory on Guru3D.
Team Group T-Force Delta TUF Gaming RGB 3200 MHz on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 Fully Modular PSU on OCClub.
be quiet! Pure Power 11 700W L11-CM-700W PSU on NiKTech.

GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Xtreme (Intel Z390) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Reeven Justice RC-1204 CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.

Misc Pics (41 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 8-February-2019  14:32:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and t1mbot this week!

Radeon VII Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 8-February-2019  14:26:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Performance results from AMD's Radeon VII video card have hit the web, after much teasing of this new flagship since CES. This is the world's first 7nm-process card and boasts 16GB of VRAM. How will it fare against NVIDIA's RTX offerings? Here's some reviews:

AMD Radeon VII 16 GB on TechPowerUp.
AMD Radeon VII 1440p, 4K & Ultrawide Gaming Performance on Techgage.
AMD Radeon VII Review: 7nm Vega With 16GB HBM2 Benchmarked on HotHardware.
AMD Radeon VII Review: RTX Killer or Flop? on TechSpot.
AMD Radeon VII Review: Team Red Is Back To Enthusiast GPUs on Tweaktown.
AMD Radeon VII Linux Benchmarks - Powerful Open-Source Graphics For Compute & Gaming on Phoronix.
AMD Radeon VII graphics card review: Can it topple RTX? on TechReport.
Review: AMD Radeon VII (16GB) on Guru3D.

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